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Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
us are watching this tonight. the first in the presidential debates in this election cycle between president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, thi
Oct 4, 2012 12:00am EDT
weeks before the election he's saying that his big, bold idea is, never mind. and the fact is that if you are lowering the rates the way you describe, governor, then it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only effect high-income individuals to avoid raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. it's arithmetic. now, governor romney and i do share a deep interest in encouraging small business growth. at the same time my plan has lowered taxes for 98% of families, i also lowered taxes for small businesses 18 times, and what i want to do, is continue the tax rates, the tax cuts that we put into place, for small businesses and families. but i have said for incomes over $250,000 a year, we should go back to the rates we had when bill clinton was president, when we created 23 million new jobs, went from deficit to surplus, and created a whole lot of millionaires to boot. the reason this is important is because by doing that, we can not only reduce the deficit, not only encourage job growth through small businesses but we're also able to make
Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
-one, the candidates debate. now reporting from abc news election headquarters in new york, diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos. >> and good evening. this is it, the biggest night in the ration for the white house 2012. and we are so glad you are joining us, as the presidential gladiators get ready to walk into a big arena. there's the stage. president barack obama, governor mitt romney are standing by in the wings right now and jofgeor it is hard to imagine the pressure on them. as many of 60 million of us could be watching tonight. >> first of three debates. and the first debates almost always help the challenger. mitt romney needs it. it's a tight race, he's behind. >> and tonight, to cover it all, our team, inside the debate hall. and keeping watch in our fact check desk, and also, with us right here in the studio, the insiders from both parties, ready to weigh in on who woman and the big moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderat 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus aren
Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
some undecided voters. >> the debates could decide the election for either one of us. >> from denver, colorado, here is scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. we're about to see the one thing we haven't seen in this long campaign for the presidency-- the candidates side by side. it's the first of three debates between the democratic incumbent-- 51-year-old barack obama-- and his republican challenger 65-year-old mitt romney. it comes 34 days before the election-- though early voting is already under way in many states. the focus tonight is domestic issues, including the economy, still struggling to recover from the great recession. polls show the race is very close nationally, but in swing states that will tip the balance, the president is ahead. so he'll be trying to protect his lead and for mitt romney, it's an opportunity for a breakout moment. in front of what could be the biggest audience he will have before election day. the sole questioner tonight is jim lehrer. it's the 12th time he's served as moderator. >> lehrer: good evening. from the magnus arena at the university of den
Oct 3, 2012 11:30pm EDT
been president for four years. we still have $1 trillion the deficit. if you are elected we will get to a $1 trillion debt. i love this idea of $4 trillion in cuts. we still show a $1 trillion deficits every year. that does not get the job done. let me come back and say, why is it that i do not want to raise taxes? you said back in 2010, i will extend the tax policies that we have now. i will not raise taxes on anybody. when the economy is going slow, you should not raise taxes on anyone. the economy is still going slow. it is growing more slowly now than when you made the statement. if you believe the same thing, you just do not want to raise taxes on people. it is not just wealthy people. you mentioned donald trump. it is all the businesses that employ one quarter of the businesses in america. you raise taxes and you kill jobs. that is what the national federation of independent business said your plan will kill 700,000 jobs. i do not want to kill jobs in this environment. >> let him answer the taxes thing for a moment. >> we had this discussion before. but in order to reduce t
Oct 3, 2012 8:00pm EDT
, the democratic and republican. >> the center piece of the president's entire re-election campaign is attacking success. >> no more he said/he said. tonight, it's face to face. and a lot of it will focus on your money and your taxes. >> unlike president obama, i will not raise tax on the middle class of america. >> i want to reform the tax code so it's simple, fair. >> the candidates' opinions couldn't be more different and the stakes couldn't be higher. >> their philosophy is if you don't are health insurance, don't get sick. >> now is the moment we can do something. and with your help, we will do something. >> cnbc's coverage of the first presidential debate of the 2012 presidential election begins now. >> tonight some of the most influential figures in the nation on the economy join us here on cnbc. >> we've got representative and hopeful ron paul with us. texas, from texas. he is of course outspoken about the federal reserve policies. robert reich is here with us tonight. also with us grover norquist. the man behind the no new taxes pledge so many republicans made. and bob lutz a
Oct 4, 2012 3:00pm EDT
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> the following is a pbs election event. funding for this program was provided by: >> ifill: good evening, and welcome to special pbs "newshour" coverage of the first presidential debate between president barack obama and former governor mitt romney. i'm again ifil. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. tonight's debate will be moderated by our own jim leerer and will start a little over a minute from now, from the magness arena. >> after the debate we'll talked to arrow shapiro and scott horsily in denver, and christina bellantony. >> woodruff: you can follow along online on our live stream and live plog. two very quick thoughts from mark and david. mark, it come downs to this. >> in a rare race it's become increasingly a referendum on the challenger rather than the incumbent. can the challenger mitt romney make this a referendum on the president. >> who has the toughest job? >> romney. maybe jim lehrer. format i love. much more demdinut im but better for us. >> ifill: we're looking forward to what jim has to say tonight. it
Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
? >> al gore: oh i think they do matter. it is the last thing between the conventions and the election and it's really the only occasion in the key period when as many -- tens of millions of voters, probably 50 million tonight, who knows see both candidates on equal footing, face-to-face, yeah, i think they matter. >> cenk: i went back and looked at the debates and who won them in the insta polling. eight out of the last nine have gone to the democrats. but the media spin afterwards is enormous. vice president gore actually won by seven points according to the american people and then the media spun it. how much does that matter? >> al gore: i think it matters a huge amount and it underscores what you said at the beginning of the show. now that we have social media, the people don't have to depend as much on the spinners. i remember after the first debate, my partisans there certainly felt as the instant polls showed that i had done really well, and the bush people -- they had long faces, and they -- they felt the exact opposite, and i remember bill daily telling the people who were pr
Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
days before i was elected president. she was independent. she works her way up. she only had a high school allocation. she ended up being the vice- president of a local bank. she ended up living by choice. she could be independent because of social security and medicare. she worked in her life, which records offer live, and understand there was a bow sick -- basic for under which she cannot go. the name entitlements' implies some sense of dependency on the part of these people. these are people who have worked hard. my approach is to say how do we strengthen the system of the long term? in medicare, what we did was we said we are going to have to bring down the costs if we are one to deal with our long-term deficits. to do that, let's look at where some of the money is going. $716 billion we were able to save by no longer overpaying insurance companies and making sure we are not over paying providers and using that money we were able to lower prescription drug costs by an average of $600. we were able to make a significant debt and providing them the kind of preventive care that wil
Sep 30, 2012 1:00am EDT
can do this. you know, this election is not just about these material issues. this election is about the fiber of our society. this election is about the kind of people we are going to be, the kind of country we're going to have. this country is an idea. that's something we can never forget. it is not new hampshire to california or florida to wisconsin. it is not just a nation with a flag. it is the only nation founded on an idea. that idea is very precious, but that idea can slip away from us if each generation doesn't defend the idea. the idea is very precious. the declaration of independence said it better than anybody can say it. our rights come from nature and nature's god, not from government. the minute we forget that idea, the minute we fore-- forget our country. our founders put that on the uniform so we can live in peace and freedom. and we thank them for what they have done to give us this country. [cheers and applause] that's why we have to win. that's why we're going to win. look. winston churchill said it best. "the americans can be counted upon to do the right thing, b
Oct 6, 2012 7:00pm EDT
been able to establish a democratic government. they will have free elections next january for the first time in history. we also are actively rapidly training iraqis to take on security responsibility. those steps are successful. they're well under way and i'm confident that, in fact, we'll get the job done. >> mr. vice president, there is no connection between the attacks of september 11 and saddam hussein. the 9/11 commission has said it. your own secretary of state has said it, and you've gone around the country suggesting that there is some connection. there's not. and in fact, the c.i.a. is now about to report the connection between al qaeda and saddam hussein is tenous at best. and in fact, secretary of defense said yesterday that he knows of no hard evidence of the connection. we need to be straight with the american people. >> time for a new question but the same topic. this time to you, senator edwards. you and senator kerry have said the war in iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time. does that mean if you had been president and vice president that saddam hussein would
Sep 29, 2012 10:15pm EDT
country. we have achieved extraordinary prosperity. and in this election, america has to make an important choice. will we use our prosperity to enrich not just the few, but all of our families? i believe we have to make the right and responsible choices. if i'm entrusted with the presidency, here are the choices that i will make. i will balance the budget every year. i will pay down the national debt. i will put medicare and social security in a lockbox and protect them. and i will cut taxes for middle- class families. i believe it's important to resist the temptation to squander our surplus. if we make the right choices, we can have a prosperity that endures and enriches all of our people. if i'm entrusted with the presidency, i will help parents and strengthen families because, you know, if we have prosperity that grows and grows, we still won't be successful unless we strengthen families by, for example, ensuring that children can always go to schools that are safe. by giving parents the tools to protect their children against cultural pollution. i will make sure that we inve
Sep 30, 2012 3:15am EDT
, the american people send my up there. the day after election, i'll -- we won't wait until inyaug ration. i' ask the president to help me and thstaff, we'll put together teams to take all the plans that exist and do something with . there are great plans all over washington that nobody executes. it's like having blue prints for a house. you never build. you never sleep. take these things and do something with them. you want to put america back to work? clean up the small business problem. second, you got the big companies in trouble, have something on that. have a third task force make sure to nail the country and not wind up in asia. >> we have an adversarial relation shich wi government and business, our international coetitors that are clning our plate have an intelligent relationship between government and business and a supportive relationship. then, have another task force on crime, because nextto jobs our people are concerned about their safety, health care, one othe debt and deficit. finally, in that 90 day period before the inauguration, give the american people a christm
Oct 6, 2012 8:45pm EDT
elections on the west bank, when i said, and others said, and barack obama said, "big mistake. hamas will win. you'll legitimize them." what happened. hamas won. when we kicked -- along with france, we kicked hezbollah out of lebanon, i said and barack said, "move nato forces in there. fill the vacuum, because if you don't know -- if you don't, hezbollah will control it." now what's happened. hezbollah is a legitimate part of the government in the country immediately to the north of israel. the fact of the matter is, the policy of this administration has been an abject failure. and speaking of freedom being on the march, the only thing on the march is iran. it's closer to a bomb. its proxies now have a major stake in lebanon, as well as in the gaza strip with hamas. we will change this policy with thoughtful, real, live diplomacy that understands that you must back israel in letting them negotiate, support their negotiation, and stand with them, not insist on policies like this administration has. >> has this administration's policy been an abject failure, as the senator says,
Sep 29, 2012 8:30pm EDT
, and as the result, i was elected to this office and promised a new beginning. now, maybe i'm expected to ask that same question again. i'm not going to, because i think that all of you -- or not everyone, those people that are in those pockets of poverty and haven't caught up, they couldn't answer the way i would want them to -- but i think that most of the people in this country would say, yes, they are better off than they were 4 years ago. the question, i think, should be enlarged. is america better off than it was 4 years ago? and i believe the answer to that has to also be "yes.'' i promised a new beginning. so far, it is only a beginning. if the job were finished, i might have thought twice about seeking reelection for this job. but we now have an economy that, for the first time -- well, let's put it this way -- in the first half of 1980, gross national product was down a minus 3.7%. the first half of '84 it's up 8.5%. productivity in the first half of 1980 was down a minus 2%. today it is up a plus 4%. personal earnings after taxes per capita have gone up almost $3,00
Sep 30, 2012 2:30am EDT
president has ever done, i told you before the election what i'd do. mr. reagan, as you saw tonight -- president reagan takes the position it will disappear by magic. it was once called voodoo economics. i wish the president would say -- yes, the cbo is right. yes, we have a $263 billion deficit. this is how i'm going to get it done. don't talk about growth, because even though we need growth, that's not helping. it's going to go in the other direction, as they've estimated. and give us a plan. what will you cut? whose taxes will you raise? will you finally touch that defense budget? are you going to go after social security and medicare and student assistance and the handicapped again as you did last time? if you'd just tell us what you're going to do, then the american people could compare my plan for the future with your plan. and that's the way it should be. the american people would be in charge. >> mr. president, the most outrageous thing your opponent has said in the debate tonight? >> well, now, i have to start with a smile, since his kind words to me. i'll tell you what i t
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